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Feature request for pinball in general...

By mbeardsley

2 years ago


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    #1 2 years ago

    When you open the coin door of most "modern" machines, the software cuts off the "high power" circuits.

    It would be nice if it also disabled the tilt switches (if a game is in progress). It would make trying to recover stuck balls in the middle of a tournament a lot easier.

    As it stands now, you have to very carefully remove the lockdown bar, and then the glass, all while hoping you don't tilt it in the process.

    #2 2 years ago

    Sterns have this setting as well as a save ball on door open in case you drop it.

    #3 2 years ago

    So what happened this weekend in a tournament?

    #4 2 years ago
    Quoted from Black_Knight:

    Sterns have this setting as well as a save ball on door open in case you drop it.

    Really??? Is it turned off by default? That has really miffed me during a good game a stuck ball fix kills the flippers and you can’t save it!

    #5 2 years ago
    Quoted from golfingdad1:

    So what happened this weekend in a tournament?

    Nothing drastic, just a game with a very sensitive tilt switch, and when the ball got stuck it required extreme care in removing / replacing the glass and lockdown bar.

    I didn't know that Stern's have such a setting. I've never seen that.

    #6 2 years ago
    Quoted from Black_Knight:

    Sterns have this setting as well as a save ball on door open in case you drop it.

    Quoted from Isochronic_Frost:

    Really??? Is it turned off by default? That has really miffed me during a good game a stuck ball fix kills the flippers and you can’t save it!

    On recent Sterns it's Coindoor Ball Saver (Std. Adj. #49) and Coindoor Disable Tilt (Std. Adj. #60).

    The above adjustment number locations may vary depending on your game.

    #7 2 years ago
    Quoted from SonicZone:

    On recent Sterns it's Coindoor Ball Saver (Std. Adj. #49) and Coindoor Disable Tilt (Std. Adj. #60).
    The above adjustment number locations may vary depending on your game.

    That's really helpful, but are they on by default?

    The problem is that if you can't be sure that they are on, then you have to be just as careful because they might not be.

    #8 2 years ago

    No they are not on by default.

    When you open the door to get the ball out, turn them on then do your work. Then leave them on and you are all set.

    If opening the coin door causes a tilt, it is set way too tight.

    #9 2 years ago
    Quoted from Black_Knight:

    If opening the coin door causes a tilt, it is set way too tight.

    I think they mean if they have to lift playfield etc. sliding it back in shakes the game quite a bit

    #10 2 years ago
    Quoted from EJS:

    I think they mean if they have to lift playfield etc. sliding it back in shakes the game quite a bit

    Exactly. Even removing/replacing the glass can be an issue. The tilt on this particular machine was very tight. So much so, that I could normally have shaken the ball loose myself, but didn't want to risk it.

    #11 2 years ago

    I said open the door, update your settings, go to town.

    This was in response to :

    Quoted from mbeardsley:

    That's really helpful, but are they on by default?
    The problem is that if you can't be sure that they are on, then you have to be just as careful because they might not be.

    Point was it doesn't matter if they are on or not you can change them without causing a tilt or an issue with your game.

    Why would anyone lift the playfield in the middle of a tournament?

    #12 2 years ago
    Quoted from Black_Knight:

    Point was it doesn't matter if they are on or not you can change them without causing a tilt or an issue with your game.

    You are assuming it is MY game. This wasn't - and since it wasn't, I had no idea if those settings were on or not (and since they aren't on by default, you don't want to assume that they are on).

    Strange that they would offer those settings, but not turn them on by default. In what case would you WANT to tilt when you are working on the machine in the middle of an active game?

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